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Passenger Opens Plane's Emergency Door Because She Felt 'Too Stuffy'

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Passenger Opens Plane's Emergency Door Because She Felt 'Too Stuffy'

We've all felt a little uncomfortable from time to time when we're travelling on a plane. For me usually, it's always too cold so I remedy this by making sure I pack my hand luggage with layers and a blanket. For others, it's too warm - what's the solution?

Open the plane door, obviously. Well, it's obvious to one unnamed passenger who allegedly decided to do just this when she found it 'too stuffy' and wanted some 'fresh air' so opted to crank open the emergency exit on the runway. Logical.

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The viral video, which has been seen over 18 million times in less than 24 hours, was taken on Xiamen Airlines Flight 8215, which was delayed for an hour on at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in the capital of Central China's Hubei Province.

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According to cabin crew, the incident happened on Monday 23 September towards the end of boarding procedures.

Flight attendants had reportedly warned the female passenger and others near her not to touch the lever of the emergency door after she was shown to her seat. Which, let's be honest, should be pretty self explanatory.

The Xiamen Airlines craft's emergency door open. Credit: AsiaWire/Weikandian
The Xiamen Airlines craft's emergency door open. Credit: AsiaWire/Weikandian

However, the woman is believed to have felt the cabin was 'too stuffy' and popped open the emergency exit to get some 'fresh air', reports said.

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Flight crew and other passengers bound for the city of Lanzhou, capital of China's north-western province of Gansu, were then forced to wait in the aircraft as airport police turned up and arrested the woman for the offence.

Xiamen Airline staff revealed to local media on 24 September that the incident caused a one-hour delay as the emergency door was shut again, and after a second round of safety inspections was presumably carried out.

Wuhan airport police has yet to release the passenger's name or age, and it is unclear whether she faces an indefinite travel ban for the stunt.

Cabin crew and confused passengers inside the delayed Xiamen Airlines flight. Credit: AsiaWire/Weikandian
Cabin crew and confused passengers inside the delayed Xiamen Airlines flight. Credit: AsiaWire/Weikandian
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Chloe Haines, 25, needed to be restrained by crew with the help of passengers just 45 minutes into the journey from Stansted Airport to Dalaman, Turkey.

Miss Haines is said to have displayed a 'catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour' on the aircraft, which included attempting to open the aircraft doors during the flight.

Featured Image Credit: AsiaWire/Weikandian

Topics: Viral, News, China, aircraft

Rebecca Shepherd
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